Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, discount calan 2012
FOXBOROUGH — He might be able to leap over a moving car — more on that later — but receiver Brandon Lloyd is hoping the second half of the Patriots’ season finds him jumping into the end zone more often.
Lloyd, discount calan signed to a three-year, discount calan $12 million deal in the offseason, discount calan began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, discount calan eight the next week, discount calan then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, discount calan 80-yard game at Seattle, discount calan Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Discount calan He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, discount calan including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Discount calan 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Discount calan Both, discount calan though, discount calan went for touchdowns, discount calan possibly a positive sign as the Patriots get set to come off their bye week with a home game on Sunday with the Bills.
Despite the week off, discount calan can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, discount calan” he said.
True, discount calan but both went for touchdowns. Discount calan Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, discount calan two touchdowns, discount calan” Lloyd said. Discount calan “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, discount calan but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Discount calan Halfway into his first season, discount calan it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, discount calan and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, discount calan in the spring, discount calan that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, discount calan ‘All right, discount calan we got it, discount calan’ because we still have so much work to do, discount calan” Lloyd said. Discount calan “We’re working hard to improve on that, discount calan week by week and day by day, discount calan but it’s a group effort, discount calan and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Discount calan We just keep working at it, discount calan so we go out there in practice and we work on things and Coach [Bill Belichick] tells us things that we need to do better. Discount calan We’re always trying to make those improvements. Discount calan I think you just have to keep going out there to work at it and see if it can be better each day.”
With 37 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns, discount calan Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, discount calan which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, discount calan448 yards. Discount calan That number appears safe, discount calan barring an exceptional second half, discount calan but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, discount calan combining with receiver Wes Welker and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to give Brady plenty of powerful options through the air.
That’s the great aspect of the Patriots’ offense. Discount calan It could be a different standout every week, discount calan either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, discount calan regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, discount calan I’ve never been declared a No. Discount calan 1 target, discount calan like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, discount calan where it’s clear, discount calan” said Lloyd, discount calan who is in his 10th season, discount calan but is already on his sixth organization. Discount calan “Coming to a team like this, discount calan it’s natural for me, discount calan to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, discount calan I’ll be available for him. Discount calan They want me to be open, discount calan and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, discount calan Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Discount calan What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, discount calan working mostly on the outside, discount calan using his speed and jumping ability to make plays downfield.
That jumping ability was on display in a video that surfaced this week from over the summer, discount calan when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Discount calan Impressive, discount calan but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, discount calan when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, discount calan they mean more, discount calan they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, discount calan coming into November and December, discount calan” Lloyd said. Discount calan “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, discount calan so you have stuff you can look forward to, discount calan stuff that you can improve on.”
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